Hi and thank you for contacting us.
I am sorry to hear about this difficult situation you are facing. I have worked in CAMHS myself and I can surely understand what you mean about your early discharge. This may happen if clinicians are not convinced that there is a serious problem that they can help with or if the patient drops out or refuses to engage. I was wondering though whether you had the chance to see a therapist on your own. Usually therapists involve the family and see parents on their own with or without request. If your son did
not want to engage they could definitely provide you with a number of sessions to give you some advice as to how you could manage his behavior better. Part of a proper assessment in CAMHS would definitely involve the school especially if the behavior is demonstrated there. So I would imagine that if they had contacted school they would have known about the seriousness of the case and offered alternative ways to help you.
I would therefore encourage you to ask to be re referred and this time request to be seen on your own (or with your partner) to discuss these issues.
You are very right to be concerned as a possible exclusion from school will indicate a significant level of possible conduct disorder and this needs to be addressed. I have to say that I am very displeased to hear that your son has been discharged even though no progress or plan has been made. I would definitely encourage you to contact the manager of the CAMHS team and ask for your case to be reviewed. This can be initiated by your GP or yourself.
In cases like your son's, where there are significant problems at school, other agencies should also be involved from Education and altogether with CAMHS should hold meetings and reviews.
Please feel free to share any other information that you feel may be helpful for me to know or if you have any thoughts on what I have written so far.